# rational meaning

[ 'ræʃənl ] Pronunciation: "rational" in a sentence

**Adjective:**

**rational**rashunul

- Consistent with or based on or using reason
*"rational behaviour"; "a process of rational inference"; "rational thought"* - Of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind
*"the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man"*

- intellectual, noetic - Capable of being expressed as a quotient of integers
*"rational numbers"* - Having its source in or being guided by the intellect (as distinguished from experience or emotion)
*"a rational analysis"*

**Noun:**

**rational**rashunul

- An integer or a fraction

- rational number

**Derived forms: **rationals

**See also: **coherent, demythologised [Brit], demythologized, intellectual, intelligent, logical, lucid, mental, ratio, rationality, rationally, rationalness, reasonable, reasoning, sane, sensible, thinking

**Type of: **real, real number

**Antonym: **irrational

**Encyclopedia:** Rational

[Medicine]

adj

**1**

**a**

**:**having reason or understanding

**b**

**:**relating to, based on, or agreeable to reason ‹a rational explanation› ‹rational behavior›

**2**

**:**using medical treatments based on reason or general principles —used esp. of an ancient school of physicians; compare EMPIRICAL

**1a**—

**ra·tio·nal·ly**adv

[Computer]

a fractional number n/d, where n and d are integers, n is the numerator and d is the denominator. The set of all rational numbers is usually called Q. Computers do not usually deal with rational numbers but instead convert them to real numbers which are represented (approximately in some cases) as floating-point numbers. Compare irrational.

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*rational*numbers also fit into this scheme. - it is not necessary to enter into the
*rational*numbers. - i'll not answer for her being of the most
*rational*. - they prize
*rational*discourse. - that was, i realized, a perfectly
*rational*explanation.